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Practice Areas & Industries

Education

  • J.D. (with distinction) University of Michigan Law School, 1965
  • A.B. (with distinction in major) Dartmouth College, 1962
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Charles C. Cohen

Charles C. Cohen
Chairman and Director
412.297.4900
ccohen@cohenlaw.com

The co-Founder and current Chairman of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., Chuck is a business attorney whose practice involves serving public and private commercial and industrial corporations, financial institutions and entrepreneurs. The main focus of his practice is advising on matters of corporate governance, securities law compliance and mergers and acquisitions.  Chuck is also a law professor, arbitrator, expert witness and frequent speaker and author. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for corporate law and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Experience

  • Corporate governance matters
  • Executive compensation matters
  • Corporate reorganizations including mergers and acquisitions
  • Capital formation through public and private offerings of securities

Academic Commitments

  • Visiting Professor from Practice, Corporate Governance and Securities Regulation, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (2011-)
  • Adjunct Professor, Business Organizations, Ave Maria School of Law (2014-)
  • Adjunct Professor, Corporate Governance, Ave Maria School of Law (2013)
  • Adjunct Professor, Securities Regulation, Ave Maria School of Law (2010-2012)
  • Adjunct Professor, Corporate Governance, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (2006-2010)
  • Adjunct Professor, Securities Regulation, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1976-1997, 2002-2005)
  • Adjunct Professor, Securities Regulation and Corporation Law, Duquesne University Graduate School of Business (2005)
  • Adjunct Professor, Enterprise Organization and Finance, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1998-2002)
  • Adjunct Professor, Securities Regulation, West Virginia University School of Law (1990)
  • Adjunct Professor, Land Use Planning, Duquesne University Law School (1973-1975)

Board Memberships

  • Boards of Directors of: Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group, Inc., Giant Eagle, Inc., Preservation Technologies, L.P., Robroy Industries, Inc. and Modern Transportation and Modern Materials
  • Formerly served on the Boards of Directors of: Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc. (NYSE) (2002-2007), Industrial Scientific Corporation (2001-2006), Cornerstone Phoenix Fund (2000-2003), Precision Therapeutics, Inc. (1996- 2000), Action Industries, Inc. (AMEX) (1992-1998), Arrow Terminals (1995-1999), Corporation for Standards and Outcomes (1996-1999), Medrad, Inc. (NASDAQ) (1993-1995), Phar-Mor, Inc. (1992-1995), Mylan Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ) (1972-1976) and Hovermarine Corporation (OTC) (1971-1977)

Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Law Institute, American Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, AAA Panel of Arbitrators

Civic Organizations

  • Trustee, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (2011-)
  • Chairman, Squirrel Hill Health Center (2011-)
  • Trustee, Squirrel Hill Health Center (2006-2011)
  • Director, Institute for Transfusion Medicine and Central Blood Bank (1985-2009)
  • Trustee, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (1994-2001, 2005-2008)
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (2002-2005)
  • Director, LifeSource Blood Services (1995-2005)
  • Director, Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative (2002-2004)
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University (1995-2002)
  • Trustee, The Pressley Ridge Schools Foundation (1993-1999)
  • Trustee, Jewish Association on Aging and Riverview Center (1991-1998)
  • Trustee, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (1993-1995)
  • Trustee, United Jewish Federation (1991-1994)
  • Trustee, Eye & Ear Institute of Pittsburgh (1985-1992)
  • Trustee, Eye & Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh (1983-1990)

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1991-2006
  • Listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers for corporate/ mergers and acquisitions
  • Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Selected as an Honored Member of the International Who's Who of Professionals, 1996
  • 1992 Honoree of the Legal Division of the Pittsburgh / Tri-State Campaign for State of Israel Bonds

Representative Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Author, “A Primer on Corporate Governance Principles” (July 2013)
  • Presenter, “Raising New Capital - Legal Aspects,” Florida Gulf Coast University 9th Annual Entrepreneur’s Law School (January 2009)
  • Presenter, “Raising New Capital - Legal Aspects,” Florida Gulf Coast University 8th Annual Entrepreneur’s Law School (January 2008)
  • Author, “Personal Liability of Directors for Corporate Legal Compliance Failures: Review of State Law Principles,” 10th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2007)
  • Presenter, “Raising New Capital - Legal Aspects,” Florida Gulf Coast University 7th Annual Entrepreneur's Law School (January 2007) Co-author, “The 2005 Securities Offering Reform,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Summer 2006)
  • Co-author, “Securities Offering Reform-101,” 9th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2006)
  • Co-author, “Another Mutation of Section 12(a)(2) – The SEC's Securities Act Reform Proposals,” 8th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2005)
  • Author, “Insider Trading OK’d Without Confidentiality Agreement,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Winter 2003)
  • Co-author, “No Comment - If Martha Stewart Had Just Said Nothing, She Wouldn't Be In This Pickle,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (June 17, 2003)
  • Co-author, “A Worthy Restoration Project - Implication of a Private Remedy Under Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933,” CCH Securities Regulatory Update (December 23, 2002)
  • Co-author, “Is "Fair Dealing" Required When Freezing Out Minority Stockholders?,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Winter 2001)
  • Author, “Insider and Outsider Liability for Trading on Material Nonpublic Information,” 4th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2001)
  • Author, “New Requirements for Audit Committees,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Summer 2000)
  • Author, “Enhancements to the Role of the Audit Committee,” 3rd Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2000)
  • Author, “Safe Harbors in Cyberspace Measures for Avoidance of Securities Law Liabilities,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Spring 1999)
  • Author, “Safe Harbors in Cyberspace,” 2nd Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (1999)
  • Quoted, “Power Lunch-Pittsburgh's Prestigious Duquesne was Recently Named America's Finest City Club; Hardly News in a Town Where the Landmarks and its Founders are Bedrocks of History,” Executive Report (September 1997)
  • Author, “Recent Supreme Court Decisions Make it Harder to Sue for Securities Fraud,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Spring 1996)
  • Author, “Why Corporations Need to Develop a Legal Compliance Code,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (April 1995)
  • Featured, “Most-Seated Pittsburgh Area Corporate Directors,” Pittsburgh Business Times (November 29, 1993 and November 28, 1994)
  • Co-author, “SEC Changes Bring Equity Markets to Small Business,” Allegheny Business News (December 1992)
  • Author, (Book Review) “The Law of Securities Regulation,” The Journal of Law and Commerce, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Vol. 7, Issue 1, 1987)